In 2021, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), The
National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF), and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) commissioned social enterprise Ministry of Furniture (MoF), based in Port Talbot, South Wales, to fit out a new office space in Cardiff.

The project was commissioned via the Welsh Government Provision of Furniture Solutions Framework which has remanufactured and re-use as a core part its offering. The Framework was designed to enable Public Sector buyers in Wales to choose a more sustainable approach to sourcing items of furniture.

The focus of this work was to maximise the amount of existing furniture stock that could be re-used and re-purposed, with minimal material sent to landfill.

The vision was to create a space that reflected the diversity of their sectors with sustainability as a high priority. By re-using, remanufacturing, and recycling furniture from the organisations’ existing offices, new products were created with an expected lifespan in line with that of new furniture.

Key Facts

  • 187 Pieces of furniture saved from landfill/energy from waste
  • 95 New desks remanufactured
  • 250 Lockers and planters remanufactured
  • 481 Pieces of furniture created
  • All products FSC certified
  • Reduced delivery road miles
  • 15,861kg of CO2e emissions avoided

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